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ProjectsUnion to ballot 600,000 local government staff on strike action over pay
70% of members rejected this year's pay offer

Councils to be able to delegate "nearly all" childrens social care functions
DfE consults on proposed regulations that it claims will broaden range of approaches available to local authorities

Single Family Court and 26-week time limit come into being
Part of what has been described as largest family justice reforms in a generation

Justice Secretary hits out at "inappropriate" use of judicial review
Legal system is being exploited by pressure groups with political point to make, says Grayling, as legal aid regulations published

Supreme Court to hold expedited hearing on benefit cap next week
Claimants argue that regulations are unlawful because they unjustifiably discriminate against lone parents and victims of domestic violence, and fail to have regard to best interests of child

Review into death of boy pinpoints decision of magistrates to refuse EPO
Serious case review highlights “very unusual” decision that "disempowered" agencies. HM Courts and Tribunals Services agrees to issue advice to all legal advisors on management of applications
for emergency protection orders

Pickles threatens five councils over alleged breaches of publicity code
Notices of intention to serve directions sent to London boroughs but move criticised by Local Government Association

Council secures first prosecution for money laundering over gambling den
Profits from poker tournaments were illegal and amounted to criminal assets under Proceeds of Crime Act

DON'T MISS OUT: The closing date for the wide range of jobs with the South London Legal Partnership is today (25 APRIL). The roles are: Senior Property Lawyer, Property Lawyers, Social and Education Lawyers (Child Care), Contracts and Procurement Lawyers, Housing Lawyer, Legal Assistants (Litigation and Planning) and Legal Assistant (Social Care and Education). 

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Lewis stresses importance of overview and scrutiny in combined authorities
Minister says good practice needed to ensure new bodies enjoy wide-ranging support

Male workers at Welsh university win equal pay claim
University tells tribunal it will not contest an equal pay claim brought by 18 male caretakers, plumbers and maintenance staff

Decision by Pickles to allow building on allotments heads for judicial review
High Court grants permission to three plot-holders to challenge decision re-taken after Secretary of State admitted that original grant of consent was unlawful

CJC sets up advisory group for online dispute resolution
Civil Justice Council asks group - to be chaired by Professor Richard Susskind - to look at potential and limitations of the use of ODR in civil disputes worth less than £25,000

Infrastructure and planning trio rejoin Bircham Dyson Bell
Three lawyers who left less than 12 months ago will now return as legal directors

TLT senior partner set to become Law Society President in 2016

North East council chooses four law firms for claims-handling advice

See all of our most recent news stories

LOCUM ROLES: There are some great posts available including: Principal Commercial Property Lawyer, Senior Contracts & Procurement Lawyer, Housing Lawyer and Prosecution and Licensing Solicitor. To see all roles on LGL, click here.

EVENTS: The Planning and Environmental Bar Association's National Conference 2014 on May 16. Get £50 off with Local Government Lawyer. MBL Seminars meanwhile have a wide range of courses, including: Practical Child Care Law and Practice, A-Z of Employment Law in 2 Days and Licensing Act 2003: Applications, Reviews & Appeals. See also: Top ten mistakes in tender evaluation on 30 April at Anthony Collins or How to deal with ICO investigations following a data breach
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New articles on Local Government Lawyer

NoonLocal government meetings: now the movie - or the crime scene?
Olwen Dutton assesses draft regulations that would allow members of the public to report on meetings of local government bodies, and require written records of certain decisions taken by officers.

Giving the green light to (minor) unlawfulness
A provision in the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill in relation to granting permission for judicial review could have a major impact, writes Alexander Campbell.

The cost of nature – the burden on local authorities
Christopher Cant looks at the issues raised for local authorities by events such as flooding, rock falls and land slips, and sets out what steps they should consider taking.

A parting shot? The OFT on ICT and procurement in the public sector
Trudy Feaster-Gee and David Kilduff consider the lessons to be learned from an Office of Fair Trading report on the supply of ICT to the public sector.

Irascible does not mean incapable
The Court of Protection has recently made a determination of mental capacity in a case acknowledged to be "finely balanced". Rosalind English examines the ruling.

Turbines, heritage assets and merits
Does a recent Court of Appeal ruling mark a change in the wind in relation to decision-makers and a key duty under the Listed Buildings Act 1990? Gordon Nardell QC and Justine Thornton analyse the judgment.

New permitted development rights in force
Polly Reynolds outlines the new permitted development rights introduced earlier this month.

Borrowing powers, surplus land and affordable housing
The Government has given councils the opportunity to bid for more borrowing powers and also relaxed the constraints on them selling surplus land and property to developers for new affordable housing. Elizabeth Wood assesses whether this will really mean 10,000 new affordable homes.

Latest courses on Local Government Law TV

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Name Price (ex-VAT)   Description
Vulnerable adults: Through the Legislative Maze £25.00 Ahead of the Care Bill, this course provides guidance on how to find some clarity amongst the the ambiguous and sometimes contradictory mass of legislation, guidance, policy statements and case law that governs social care law.
Deprivations of Liberty: The key to the 'Gilded Cage' £25.00 This course looks at whether the Supreme Court's decision in P&Q v Cheshire West and Chester Council means that there is now a single 'acid test' for Deprivations of Liberty and assesses its ingoing implications.
Employment Tribunals: The New Rules and Fee Changes £25.00 This course outlines the changes to the employment tribunal system which were introduced in the Summer of 2013 and provides practical advice to local authorities on dealing with employment tribunal claims under the new regime.

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The latest blogs...
Conservatives to take onshore wind farms out of Planning Act regime by Angus Walker
This entry reports on an announcement about onshore wind farms by the Conservative Party this week.

No new energy projects in infrastructure list

Snap judgement: Is the role of monitoring officer worth the risk?

...Yes, it's a key role that is valued by my authority
,,,It's an occupational hazard of the head of legal role
...No, the risks outweigh the rewards and status

Click here to vote now

Been away? Features on Local Government Lawyer recently include:

Adult Social Services: Cheshire West: the hidden cost
Sheree Green looks at some of the likely costs to local authorities arising as a result of the Supreme Court's ruling on deprivations of liberty, and outlines some of the steps they should consider taking in relation to commissioned services.

Children: Children and Families Act 2014: implications for local authorities
Olwen Dutton and Clare Taylor outline some of the key provisions for local authorities arising out of the Children and Families Act in relation to vulnerable children.

Employment: Avoiding increased risk on dismissal procedures
Julian Hoskins analyses a recent Employment Appeal Tribunal ruling on the so-called Johnson exclusion zone and an employer's ability to make amends.

Governance: Consultation - backing no horses, and the importance of interim relief
David Hart QC looks at the lessons to be learned from a recent Court of Appeal ruling that a council had failed to consult properly on the closure of a day care centre.

Healthcare: The Duty of Candour - and general transparency
The Department of Health has published details of the proposed statutory duty of candour for health and adult social care providers, as well as a new general transparency duty. Corinne Slingo, Tracey Longfield and Belinda Dix examine the key points.

Housing: Anti-social Behaviour Bill - nearly there!
Alex Loxton highlights some key issues on the pending anti-social behaviour reforms.

Licensing: No minor matter
The breadth of discretion in respect of applications for minor variations under S.41A and B of the Licensing Act 2003 has been considered and confirmed, writes Josef Cannon.

Litigation: The Planning Court comes into being
Richard Harwood QC analyses the introduction of a Planning Court this month and outlines the key changes.

Planning: Setting planning fees
Should local authorities be allowed to set their own planning fees? Polly Reynolds examines recent developments.

Planning: Recent changes to the CIL regime: a summary
Jonathan Darby provides a summary of recent changes that affected the Community Infrastructure Levy.

Procurement: State aid, "preparatory works" and infrastructure projects
Does the European Commission's approval for a German infrastructure scheme involving grants to local authorities mark a shift away from the Leipzig Halle case? Alex Kynoch looks at a recent decision coming out of Brussels.

Projects: Combined authorities and economic prosperity boards - the way forward?
Are Combined Local Authorities and Economic Prosperity Boards (‘EPBs’) the missing link for local authority regeneration initiatives? Rob Hann reports.

Property: Storeyville - houses in multiple occupation
The High Court has confirmed the scope of the licensing regime for houses in multiple occupation. Suzanne Ornsby QC and George Mackenzie explain why.

Regulatory: Challenges in the Consumer Rights Bill
Alan Conroy identifies some of the key issues arising for local authorities and their trading standards teams out of the Consumer Rights Bill.

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South London Legal Partnership Vacancies

Senior Contracts Lawyer Tower Hamlets

Senior Contracts Lawyer Tower Hamlets

Litigation and Employment Lawyer, Tower Hamlets

Chief Solicitor

Planning Lawyer (to £45,335)
Closing date: 30 April

East Sussex County Council

Solicitor - Planning and Highways
Closing date: 27 April

Kent County Council

Solicitor – Property (to  £49,120)
Closing date: 30 April

Coventry Law Centre

Housing Supervisor
Closing date: 10 am 2 May

Healthcare Regulatory and Public Lawyer
Bedford Borough Council

Senior Solicitor (ACE Team)
£45,240 - £48,164. Your significant PQE will make you credible from the outset, as will your detailed knowledge of the law relating to safeguarding children, adoption and fostering

Senior Solicitor (Legal)
£45,240 - £48,164. To assist the Service Manager (Legal) in the provision of professional legal advice and services in connection with all the Council’s non Children’s and Adults Social Care and education functions and deputise on management issues within the Legal Team as required.

Solicitor (ACE Team)
£40,254 - £43,785. The main responsibilities of the post holder will be in matters relating to Children’s Social Care, in particular, care proceedings, but may also include Adult Social Care and education matters.

Solicitor (Legal)
£40,254 - £43,785. The main focus of the post is employment, criminal and civil litigation, licensing and common law advice including undertaking contentious advocacy in courts and, where necessary, tribunals and inquiries.

Property Lawyer
£28,922 - £30,311. You will undertake legal work in connection with the Council’s property portfolio and statutory functions relating to all aspects of the conveyance process from drafting legal documentation to completion.

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